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Looking for help to manage your weight? Read this first!

Achieving good health includes maintaining a healthy weight. Many of the most common chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, trace their origins back to a weight management challenge. So if you’re thinking that it’s time to take action in this area, good for you!

Maybe you’re looking for some help and knowledge so that you can achieve your goals without opting for surgery. Or you may already be at the point where you’re thinking surgery is your best option.

Regardless of where you are in that continuum, you’re contemplating a serious, extended commitment. So it’s important to make sure you’re asking the right questions as you evaluate your options.

We strongly encourage you to do your research upfront. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How comfortable am I talking in front of other people? Do I want a one-on-one service, or am I willing to share my questions and issues in front of a group?
  • Am I looking for support as I make long-term lifestyle changes? What services might help me achieve my goal?
  • Do I want the convenience of having doctor visits, nutritionist consultations, exercise advice, a pharmacy, and a hospital all in one place, within walking distance? Or am I willing to make multiple stops every time I need something?

To help you answer those questions, you’ll need to do some homework. An in-person visit is essential. You should really meet some of the providers, ask questions, and get a sense for how the process would work. Don’t be afraid to ask any question that comes to mind.

Make sure you evaluate this as a very personal and long-term decision. Does the staff seem empathetic and caring? What kind of results can they point to? Do they offer a complete continuum of services, including exercise consultation and a dietitian? Where would you have to go if you decided that surgery was the best option? What would that experience be like?

The NOCHS Bariatric Clinic is special, and we would love to share it with you. Just call us and ask for an appointment with our clinic coordinator. Because we are a community hospital, your experience will feel personal and intimate right from the beginning. Many of the important extras are part of our service. This includes things like free valet parking, private rooms, an onsite pharmacy that delivers prescriptions to your room, support groups, exercise counseling and much more. We encourage our patients to drop in any time for a weigh-in, no appointment needed. And we never discharge a patient. You can come back and see us whenever you need a little encouragement or course correction.

NOCHS has achieved the designation of Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The Blue Distinction® program recognizes doctors and hospitals for their expertise and exceptional quality in delivering care.  NOCHS has demonstrated that it provides more affordable care in addition to quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results.  In addition, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) has designated us as an accredited Bariatric Surgery Center due to our quality and favorable clinical outcomes in weight loss surgery. These quality measures are important because many insurance companies require that your provider have one or both of these accreditations.

Bariatric Surgery is a lifelong commitment, and we pay a lot of attention to post-operative care. More than 90% of our patients make it to their one-year follow-up appointment, as compared to others that may only have 40% making it to this milestone. That speaks to the quality of our overall program and services, as well as the strong relationships that are forged between patients and staff.

If weight management support is on your list of steps to improve your health and wellness, please contact the NOCHS Bariatric Clinic at 616.847.5489 with any questions or to speak with us about our services.

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